Earlier this month, AMD officially released the much awaited AMD Ryzen processor. The initial offerings include enthusiast and gaming processors for the AMD Ryzen 7 series. A few weeks later, the company released the mainstream versions of its new Zen architecture, the AMD Ryzen 5 series. Now, rumor has it that the company is contemplating on going head to head with Intel’s extreme performance desktop processors.
According to Overclock3d, AMD will be releasing a high-end desktop platform CPU within the next couple of months. This new CPU will be in direct competition with Intel’s HEDT line of processors, the Intel i7-6950X. Furthermore, the said processors will have a total of 16 physical cores and are based on the the same Zen architecture as the Risen chips.
Just like the current Ryzen processors, this high-end product will also have Simultaneous Multi-threading of SMT. Therefore, the 16-core architecture will give a grand total of 32 virtual cores. In comparison to the new AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, the high-end CPU will have twice the memory channel as well as twice the core count.
To those who have been following developments regarding the new AMD Ryzen processors, this news may seem quite questionable. Especially when the current AMD Ryzen 7 1800X already outperformed the Intel i7-6950X in a number of benchmarks. However, if AMD’s plan is to officially oust Intel as the best desktop CPU, then having a 16-core counterpart for Intel’s high-end CPU is indeed quite attractive.
For decades, Intel has monopolized the CPU industry with its overly-priced processors. Now that AMD has basically risen from the dead, the market will again see a healthy competition giving consumers viable options for computer builds.
At the moment, AMD has yet to release an official statement about the rumored 16-core chip. The company is still in the middle of releasing the AMD Ryzen 5 as well as the upcoming AMD Naples server processors. Like with any other kind of rumors, this too should be taken with a grain of salt. For more updates on the AMD Ryzen processor, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.